<a href="http://www.montessori.edu/" target="_blank">http://www.montessori.edu/</a> check out this link.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br>
I went to montessori as a pre-schooler. The teacher wasn't very nice! However I have good memories. All I really remember is there were lots of fun activities and I spent most of my time ironing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I couldn't believe they actually were letting me use a iron...it was just to cool. We use help do our own dishes, sew and do basic adult stuff in a kid way. Sorry I can only give you my 5 year old perspective but I am still researching it as an adult.
I also want to add, that Montessori means different things to different people too and alters from school to school.<br><br>
For me and my family and the school we are in, the Montessori is an organic and holistic approach to learning, setting children up to know <i>how</i> to learn as well as just what to know.<br><br>
I was given an analogy once by a friend. Montessori is like the lines in a dot to dot puzzle, in public schools you are given the dots because that is what you need to know, how to connect and why things connect is never truly explained. In Montessori, you are given the connections to things which in turn help the child find out the dots.<br><br>
I know this is a long winded and odd answer, but I think it sums up for me in less than 12 pages <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> what Montessori is in principle. It is applied learning skills for reality I think.
I'm not a teacher, but so far my impression is that Montessori teaches by using all the senses, such as touch and smell and taste. It also focuses on including practical skills, such as cleaning, cooking, pouring, sorting, and other things that let them participate in the daily doings of the adults in their lives. It allows the child to learn at his own pace and lead his own learning. That's a very loose description.